- Hello All,
Really glad to have found this list as there appears to be much good, helpful
information being shared. My questions are with regard to our family surname,
The original spelling could be KLADZAN (as it is on the 1900 Federal Census)
or possibly KOLADZIN (name of an 1889 ship's passenger who might be
grandfather), but since 1910 the family has used the KLODZEN spelling. My grandparents
ethnic language was Slovak and they listed themselves in Federal census reports
as from Slovak Hungary.
In later years a cousin thought possibly they came from the village of
KLADANJ in present day Bosnia, but that may have been just a guess. In 1890 they
settled in the town of Bitumen, PA, where grandfather worked as a miner for the
Kettle Creek Coal Company.
If any of these surnames or their variants are familiar I would appreciate
hearing from you. Also, since the town of Kladanj is somewhat south of Slovakia,
is it even likely that there would have been a Slovak population there in the
late 1800s. It was of course a part of Austria-Hungary, but would it have
been considered a part of Slovak Hungary, too?
I understand that 1890 or earlier immigration records from Clinton County, PA
were never microfilmed, and that the originals, kept in the County Courthouse
in Lock Haven, PA, were destroyed beyond recognition many years ago in a
flood. Thus, any suggestions as to other possible sources of
immigration/naturalization information would be much appreciated.
Sorry for the length. Thanks for reading,